Pre-order sales for Nintendo Co. Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS held in the top 45 at Best Buy Co. Inc.’s online division amid building advanced demand for the title.

This week, Mario Kart 7 ranked as the No. 42 best-selling pre-order product at

Mario Kart 7, to be sold Dec. 4, will include new characters like Lakitu and Metal Mario, and offer an optional first-person driving mode controlled by the gyro-sensor.

Nintendo in Sept. said sales of the Nintendo 3DS held a 260 percent sales increase post price cut of the hardware.

Nintendo in Aug. price cut the Nintendo 3DS handheld to $169.99, 33 percent off the former $249.99 MSRP.

Nintendo in July began offering streaming functionality by Netflix Inc. and a short-form video service to view 3D movie trailers, comedy clips and music videos.

This Nov., a new system update will offer 3D video recording functionality.

Nintendo launched the Nintendo 3DS handheld with 18 software titles Mar. 27.

The Nintendo 3DS includes two screens, a 3D Depth Slider, a Circle Pad, and a 2GB SD Card.

Functionality includes StreetPass to exchange game data between owners who pass one another.

Additionally, the hardware includes the Nintendo 3DS Camera software, Mii Maker, and the Nintendo eShop to download new software.

The Nintendo 3DS includes 3-D display technology that does not require the use of special glasses.

In addition, the 3DS is backwards compatible with Nintendo DS and DSi games.

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